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Food net crowns ‘Star’

Auds voted for favorite player online

The online votes of more than 50,000 people Sunday night crowned “The Next Food Network Star” during a live cablecast of the show.

Actually, there’ll be two stars, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh , who survived a number of kitchen challenges throughout a series of one-hour specials under the title “Next Food Network Star.” Emeril Lagasse appeared live on Sunday to announce the winners.

Smith and McDonagh, who jointly own the Hearty Boys Caterers and the HB restaurant in Chicago, will get their own six-episode cooking series on Food Network as a result of the victory, to begin Sept. 18. Producer of the challenge specials was CBS EYE Too Prods.

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